Jubilee 2018

23 February - 25 February Pittsburgh Convention Center

Schedule

  • 23 February
  • 24 February
  • 25 February

Registration Opens

03:00 PM 07:30 PM

Gathering A | Creation

07:30 PM 09:30 PM

Andy Crouch

Late Night Options

10:00 PM 11:59 PM

Workshop 1

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Proximate Leadership: Communal Leadership in the Already But Not Yet - Brian Jensen & Keith Martel

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Brian Jensen

Keith Martel

Learning for the Love of God - Derek Melleby

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Derek Melleby

Life After College: How to Prepare for What Comes Next - Erica Young Reitz

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Erica Young Reitz

My Career Counts: How Will My Work Make a Difference in the Lives of Others? - Bob Robinson & Sam Van Eman

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Gathering B | Fall

10:15 AM 12:00 PM

Dan Allender

Jackie Hill-Perry

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Workshop 2

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Abuse, Trauma, and the Gospel - Dan Allender

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Dan Allender

How Faith Impacts the Vocation of Teaching - Maya Alston & Floresha Smith

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Maya Alston

Floresha Smith

Death to Christian Art - Scott Erickson

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Scott Erickson

Christians & Military Service - Porter Harlow

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Campus Ministry: An Inside Perspective - Leah Hornfeck, Eric Richey, Cole Riley, Isaac Vineyard

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Cole Arthur Riley

Leah Hornfeck

Eric Richey

Making Music to the Glory of God- Joy Ike

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Joy Ike

Your Creative Process - Justin McRoberts

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Justin McRoberts

The Trouble with Truth - Theresa Miller

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Theresa Miller

Honoring God in Government: Promoting Justice in Public Service - CPJ Panel

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Stephanie Summers

Exploring Vocational Ministry - David Strunk

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Naming the World: The vocation of words and writing - Tish Harrison Warren

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Tish Harrison Warren

Honoring God in Business

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in Engineering

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in Law

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in Nursing

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in Science

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in the Social Sciences

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in the Trades

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Exhibitor Contest

03:30 PM 04:00 PM

Workshop 3

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Memphis Teacher Residency - Maya Alston & Floresha Smith

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Maya Alston

Floresha Smith

What does it mean to be white? Examining the role of cultural identity in the work of racial reconciliation - Michael Chen, Rachael Clinton, & Billy Riley

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Michael S Chen

Rachael Clinton

Billy Riley

Global Health Advocacy: Protecting 1% of the US Budget - Jenny Eaton Dyer

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Jenny Eaton Dyer

WE ARE NOT TROUBLED GUESTS: The Gift of Your Existential Crisis - Scott Erickson

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Scott Erickson

Pursuing the Redemptive Edge: How the Gospel Fuels Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Jon Hart

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Jon Hart

God, Sex, and Redemption - Dana & Billl Henry

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Muslim Immigration and Christian Politics - Matthew Kaemingk

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Matthew Kaemingk

Redeeming Power – How Justice is Woven into the Gospel - Dan Mackett

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dan Mackett

Toward a New Testament Theology of Policing - Esau McCaulley

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Esau McCaulley

Sabbath Keeping - Justin McRoberts

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Justin McRoberts

Sexuality and the Gospel - Jackie Hill-Perry

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Jackie Hill-Perry

Justice That Restores: Christians and Criminal Justice Reform - CPJ Panel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Louis Arnold

Jill Sullivan

Katie Thompson

Infinitum—a way of life - Danielle Strickland

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Danielle Strickland

Can We Love Our Neighbors Through Politics? - CPJ Panel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Stephanie Summers

Lean and agile, how to thrive in the new enterprise - Phil Van Sickel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Exploring Your Liturgy of the Ordinary - Tish Harrison Warren

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Tish Harrison Warren

Wise People with Smart Phones - Rick Whitlock

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Rick Whitlock

Gathering C | Redemption

07:30 PM 09:30 PM

Danielle Strickland

Late Night Options

10:00 PM 11:59 PM

Workshop 4

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Things Will Never Be The Same! - Louis Arnold

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Louis Arnold

A Vine, a Rock, and a Table: Stability of Heart in a World of Change - Emily Bingham

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Emily Bingham

The Imperative of Beauty in the Age of Post-Truth - Ben Capps

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Longing for Home - Jared Cave

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Jared Cave

Theology of Immigration: stories of nearness and distance - Michael Chen & Shayan Bhattacharyya

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Michael S Chen

From Boredom to Wonder: Journeying with the Story of God - Jamie Donne

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Jamie Donne

The Lost Art of Wisdom: A Christian Understanding of the Good Life - Evan Kephart

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Evan Kephart

Brothers, Love Your Sisters - Sam Levy & Ana Wakeman

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Sam Levy

Ana Wakeman

Recovering Romans as a Multi-ethnic Manifesto - Esau McCaulley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Esau McCaulley

Living with Depression and Anxiety - John McElwain & Beth Walker

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

John McElwain

Beth Walker

Daddy Deprivation - Antonio Morton

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Antonio Morton

Race and Trauma (Collective Trauma) - Wendell Moss

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Wendell Moss

Every cup an act of worship - Matthew Ramsay

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Matt Ramsay

Prone to Wander: Reimagining Faith in Seasons of Doubt and Disillusionment - Cole Arthur Riley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Cole Arthur Riley

Can my goals mean God’s glory? - Michael Swanson

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Michael Swanson

Getting up with Jesus - Dan Terracciano

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Dan Terracciano

How can God know? Meditations on Psalm 73 - Gene Twilley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Gene Twilley

Is God really with me through all things? A study of the life of Joseph. - Pete Ware

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Pete Ware

Gathering D | Restoration

10:15 AM 12:00 PM

Michael S Chen

John Mark Comer

Sponsors

Speakers

Trip Lee

Author, Teacher, Pastor, Hip-Hop Artist
Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor in Atlanta, he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and he has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. In his first book, The Good Life, Lee points to the abundant life available only in Christ—a life beyond anything the world can offer. His second book, Rise, calls a younger generation not to wait to follow God, but to get up and live now. As a hip-hop artist, Lee’s music has received critical acclaim, while reaching a large and growing audience.

Jackie Hill-Perry

Writer, Artist, Speaker
Jackie Hill-Perry is a writer, speaker, and artist whose work has been featured on The Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of sin, Jackie has been compelled to share the light of the Gospel truth through poems that have reached over one million views on YouTube. She is also becoming an influential voice on the various topics impacting culture. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014.

24 February

24 February

Dan Allender

President & Professor of Counseling Psychology
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Dr. Dan Allender serves as the founding President and Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, Washington. Dan travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, leadership, Sabbath, and other related topics. He is the author of numerous books, including his latest work, Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation. Dan can be heard weekly on The Allender Center Podcast, engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology.

24 February

24 February

Danielle Strickland

Officer
The Salvation Army
Danielle Strickland serves in The Salvation Army as an Officer, and she is currently based in Toronto, Canada. She loves the more fragile in communities around the world. Over the years, that has led her to back alleys and late-night streets to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs and homelessness, prostitution and despair. It has led her to the halls of government and corridors of commercial power to see laws changed and practices transformed so that people aren’t trafficked and children aren’t enslaved. God is using her to help equip followers of Jesus in discipleship, holiness, justice, and evangelism by teaching, preaching, and writing.

24 February

24 February

Andy Crouch

Author, Musician, and Speaker
Andy Crouch makes connections between culture, creativity, and Christian faith. His two most recent books—2017’s The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016’s Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

23 February

John Mark Comer

Pastor
Bridgetown Church
John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, as the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of Loveology, My Name is Hope, Garden City and his most recent book, God Has a Name. For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to bridgetown.church and sign up for the podcast or visit johnmarkcomer.com.

25 February

Brian Tome

Founding and Senior Pastor
Crossroads Church
Brian Tome is the founding and senior pastor of Crossroads, a multisite church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Crossroads started in 1995 with 11 people, and has since grown to over 28,000 people in 10 sites across the country, with major sites around Cincinnati and Lexington, Kentucky. Brian is passionate about eradicating poverty, empowering entrepreneurs, supporting women and girls rescued from sex slavery in India, and feeding and educating children in Nicaragua. He has authored three books, Welcome to the Revolution, Free Book, and Five Marks of a Man.

Peace Ike

Singer-Songwriter
Peace Ike is a first generation Nigerian-American singer-songwriter, percussionist, worship leader, and physical therapist based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a musician, she combines her formal musical training with tell-it-like-it-is lyrics centered on the intersection of faith and action. Peace has a strong passion for seeing lives impacted, both practically and spiritually, though local outreach and Kingdom expressions of the arts. She currently leads worship at East Gate church in West Philly. As a part-time percussionist, she tours with Sara Groves, Joy Ike, and various other artists and ministries within the region.

Justin McRoberts

Singer, Songwriter, Author
Justin McRoberts is an author, retreat leader, and songwriter from the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area. His most recent project is an online course entitled “Discover Your Creative Process," which combines spiritual formation and the making of art.

24 February

24 February

Joy Ike

Singer-Songwriter
Joy Ike is passionate about the intersection of faith and culture, the call to create art with integrity and excellence, and connecting with others through her music. As an artist who has been compared to the likes of Sara Bareilles, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor, her honest, bittersweet songwriting has earned her the chance to open for a number of national touring acts including Tyrone Wells, Deas Vail, SHEL, Butterfly Boucher, Allen Toussaint, Cody Chestnutt, and more. As a singer/songwriter, storyteller, and public speaker, Joy believes that music and art have the power to transform hearts and connect people who would otherwise be strangers (at best) and enemies (at worst). Joy is passionate about art as a vehicle for change, empowerment, and empathy and sees art as a way to openly and thoughtfully advocate for the voiceless.

24 February

Esau McCaulley

Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Northeastern Seminary
Esau McCaulley has served in many professional and cultural contexts throughout his ministerial career and theological study. He recently completed his Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St Andrews, where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focuses on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and the pursuit of social justice. Dr. McCaulley currently serves as assistant professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. He is also the director of the Anglican Multi-ethnic Network (A.M.E.N), an organization dedicated to helping Anglican churches better embody the universal saving power of the gospel through planting multi-ethnic churches and by helping existing churches reflect the diversity of the communities in which they are placed.

24 February

25 February

Floresha Smith

Lead Recruiter
Memphis Teacher Residency
Floresha Smith is Lead Recruiter for Memphis Teacher Residency. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University and then earned her Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University. She has 14 years of teaching experience and holds certifications in math, English, elementary, and administration.

24 February

24 February

Jon Hart

Partner
Praxis
Jon is a Partner at Praxis, where they are building a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. He leads Praxis Academy, which inspires, connects, and trains the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Jon is a founding board member of 100cameras, a strategic advisor and Expert-In-Residence on Storytelling for the Catapult Incubator, and serves as an adjunct professor at The King’s College in New York City.

24 February

Scott Erickson

Artist & Author
Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance speaker, and creative priest who mixes autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art and moments that speak to our deepest experiences. You can find Scott speaking at various weekend retreats, conferences, and living rooms throughout the nation. He is the co-author of Prayer: Forty Days of Practice and an adjunct professor at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.

24 February

24 February

Tish Harrison Warren

Co-Associate Rector
Church of the Ascension
Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP). After eight years with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and the University of Texas at Austin, she now serves as Co-Associate Rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes regularly for The Well, CT Women, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Comment Magazine, Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America, and elsewhere.

24 February

24 February

Maya Alston

Recruiter Intern
Memphis Teacher Residency
Maya Alston is a creative with a love for education. She serves as a recruiter intern at the Memphis Teacher Residency, where she full-heartedly believes in the mission of Christian love expressed through urban education

24 February

24 February

Michael S Chen

Director for Cross-Cultural Ministry
CCO
The Reverend Michael S. Chen is a campus minister who believes the world is saturated with the goodness of God, and with his friends in the CCO is seeking a theology of everything until the day faith becomes sight. He understands the Father's heart to be for reconciliation and yearns for the Church to be the place where the sociologically impossible happens. This is why he serves the CCO as the Director for Cross-Cultural Ministry.

24 February

25 February

25 February

Erica Young Reitz

Campus Ministry Staff, Penn State University
CCO
Erica Young Reitz directs Senior EXIT, helping college seniors transition into the next phase of life. She works for the CCO, reaching out to students at Penn State University. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Geneva College’s Master’s in Higher Education Program. Erica has an MA in higher education from Geneva College with a research focus on the senior year transition. Her first book is entitled After College: Navigating Transitions, Relationship and Faith.

24 February

Josh Moyer

Attorney & Musician
Josh Moyer is an attorney and a musician. He serves as In-House Counsel with Net Health, a software solutions provider for specialized outpatient care. As a musician, Josh has played with Colonizing the Cosmos, an indie-folk band, and has assisted with leading worship for various churches and events.

Antonio Morton

Campus Ministry Staff, Shippensburg University of PA
CCO
Antonio Morton is a campus ministry staff member of the CCO, reaching out to students at his alma mater, Shippensburg University. At Shippensburg, Antonio leads small groups, disciples student leaders, and reaches out to non-believers. Antonio’s favorite aspect of his job is being able to walk with students during their college career.

25 February

Dan Mackett

College Mobilization Manager
International Justice Mission
Dan Mackett currently serves as International Justice Mission’s College Mobilization Manager. In this role, Dan helps lead over 80 IJM campus chapters around the U.S. in their pursuit of answering God’s call to seek justice. He is responsible for the development of national fundraising, prayer, and advocacy campaigns for the IJM college movement.

24 February

Michael Thornhill

Assistant Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry
CCO
Michael Thornhill is the Assistant Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry for the CCO. He specializes in issues of diversity, leadership development, and holistic discipleship. Michael is passionate about God’s glory in every area of creation. As an Afrocuban man, he lives out that passion at a local dance studio as a local salsa instructor along with his wife, Candace, a local Zumba instructor. #AllThingsRedeemed

Cole Arthur Riley

Campus Ministry Staff, Cornell University
CCO
Cole Arthur Riley studied English writing and English literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently in her fifth year on staff with the CCO, Cole serves full-time at Cornell University in partnership with Chesterton House—a Center for Christian Studies. Cole sees the college campus as an incredibly strategic place to be for God’s kingdom, and she has committed much of her time in ministry to walking alongside students as they experience the intersection of the Christian faith and global and civic engagement. A redeemed skeptic, Cole is currently learning what it means to wonder well and embrace mystery. She enjoys short stories, cryptograms, and watching people cook.

24 February

25 February

Jared Cave

Campus Ministry Staff, Community College of Allegheny College
CCO
Jared Cave currently works for the CCO reaching out to students at the Community College of Allegheny County. He is partnered with a homeless ministry that builds relationships with homeless men and women in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jared has BA in Youth Ministries from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

25 February

Rachael Clinton

Assistant Director of Program Development
The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Rachael Anne Clinton is a trauma specialist, minister, preacher, and therapeutic practitioner and serves as the Assistant Director of Program Development for The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She is a storm-born woman of the Oklahoma plains, but relocated to Seattle over a decade ago where she received a Master of Divinity at The Seattle School. Rachael is devoted to bringing healing, hope, and radical welcome at the prophetic and pastoral intersection of trauma, embodiment, and spiritual formation.

24 February

Louis Arnold

Officer
Cincinnati Police Department
Officer Louis Arnold Sr. has been a police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio for over nine years, and he is presently assigned to the Community Relations Unit as the Faith-Based Community Liaison Officer. This office has assisted with the development of faith and community alliances throughout the city of Cincinnati, as they work to build partnerships with those in the faith community, citizens, and community groups. An ordained minister, Bible teacher, and elder at Mariemont Community Church, Officer Arnold uses principles of the Bible as a guidepost for his life, the lives of his children and grandchildren, and for everyday living. Changing lives and assisting with turning boys into quality men is his greatest desire and mission.

24 February

25 February

Heather Strong Moore

Campus Ministry Staff, University of Memphis
CCO
Heather Strong Moore is passionate about many things. The Old Testament, college students, baking, retweets, ham, and writing. Having worked for the CCO for nearly 10 years, Heather loves studying God’s word with students and watching the Scriptures come to life in Christian community. Drawing from her Master of Arts in Counseling, Heather seeks to connect the biblical story to the human experience. She currently serves the CCO in Memphis, Tennessee, working with Hope Church alongside her husband, Ivan. Heather and Ivan have a shared blog where they write about faith and culture, The Culture of Moore. She is also a regular contributor for Everyday Exiles. Follow Heather on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram: @strongheather

Jenny Eaton Dyer

Executive Director
Hope Through Healing Hands
Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health organization committed to improving the quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Dr. Dyer directs the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also teaches Global Health Politics and Policy as a Lecturer in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and she teaches Religion and Global Health as a Lecturer at Vanderbilt School of Divinity.

24 February

Billy Riley

Campus Ministry Staff, Cornell University
CCO
Billy Riley is originally from the rolling farmlands of south central Pennsylvania. He works alongside his wife, Cole, as CCO campus staff at Cornell University in partnership with Chesterton House, a center for Christian studies. He received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and psychology from Washington & Jefferson College and is interested in the ways philosophy informs the Christian faith. He loves movies, playing basketball, and healthy introspection.

24 February

Theresa Miller

Public Relations Executive
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Theresa Miller has been digging for the truth for more than 30 years, first as a journalist for community newspapers, and now as a public relations executive at Prudential Financial, Inc., one of the world’s largest financial services companies. She is an Indiana University of Pennsylvania and CCO alumna who has spent a career working to tell the truth, no matter which side of the communications fence she’s on. Whether publishing a daily newspaper or tweeting news at the speed of thought, Miller, of Easton, Pennsylvania, believes journalists and public relations professionals answer the same call to serve a Kingdom where there is no deception.

24 February

Derek Melleby

Director
OneLife Institute
Derek Melleby has lived in Mount Joy, PA his entire life. He married his high school sweetheart, Heidi, also a life-long Mount Joy native and together they have three sons, “the Melleboys.” Derek is the executive director of OneLife Institute, a ministry that provides gap year programs focused on discipleship, travel and service. He is the coauthor of Learning for the Love of God and the author of Make College Count. He loves basketball, reading, writing, but not arithmetic.

24 February

Wendell Moss

Therapist, Minister, Educator
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Wendell Moss is a therapist, minister, educator, and speaker. Wendell serves as a part of the instructional staff at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, Washington, where he received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2007. Wendell has also been a core member of The Allender Center executive leadership team and teaching staff since its creation in 2010. Alongside his work with The Seattle School and The Allender Center, Wendell practices as a therapist in the Seattle area.

25 February

Jamie Donne

Campus Ministry Staff, Washington & Jefferson College
CCO
Jamie Donne has worked with the CCO for nearly ten years at Washington & Jefferson College. She graduated from Kent State University with degrees in psychology and religious studies, where she discovered a passion for and calling to college ministry. She loves the academic setting and seeing students serve God in the classroom and come into a fuller understanding of their callings. Jamie has fallen in love with her small city of Washington, Pennsylvania, and worships with a beautiful community that seeks to see the earth look more like heaven.

25 February

Matthew Kaemingk

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics
Fuller Theologican Seminary
Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, an associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston, and a Fellow with the Center for Public Justice. Matthew's research and teaching focuses on Islam and political ethics, workplace theology, theology and culture, and Reformed public theology. He is the author of Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear.

24 February

Emily Bingham

Campus Ministry Staff, Lorain County Community College
CCO
Emily Bingham works for the CCO in partnership with Avon United Methodist Church, reaching out to students at Lorain County Community College in northeast Ohio. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Christianity and Society from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Although she hails from central Pennsylvania, Emily is a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and hasn’t bathed since shaking Brett Favre’s hand in 2002. She loves preaching, campfires, and graphic design. The only thing stronger than her hatred of cilantro is her desire to see students live in the freedom and fullness of life in Christ.

25 February

Brian Jensen

Vice President of Student Development
Geneva College
Brian serves as Vice President of Student Development at Geneva College and teaches in Geneva’s Master of Arts in Higher Education program. He has degrees in business administration and higher education, with an emphasis in leadership. Brian is the co-author of Storied Leadership: Living and Leading from the Christian Narrative and is currently co-editing a book for professionals working in student affairs.

24 February

Bob Robinson

Campus Ministry Staff, Canton, Ohio
CCO
Bob Robinson (B.S., Business Administration, University of Akron; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the author of Reintegrate Your Vocation with God’s Mission. Bob was a top Account Executive at a Fortune 100 company when he became a follower of Jesus Christ and felt called to church ministry. After seminary, he served as a church planter, as a pastor of adult discipleship in a large church, and as Area Director for the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). He is currently a campus staff person with CCO, serving schools in the Canton, Ohio area.

Dan Terracciano

Campus Ministry Staff, Brookdale Community College
CCO
Dan Terracciano has worked for the CCO for nine years, serving students at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Dan went to Geneva College, where he majored in Christian ministry and played football; he was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All American. While he loved football, he found his true passion was in sharing the life-giving message of the Gospel. One of Dan’s personal fun facts is that he loves a well-manicured lawn. He loves the local church and his home state of New Jersey, where he works to bring the Gospel alongside his wife Emily and three children.

25 February

Matt Ramsay

Campus Ministry Staff, Shippensburg University of PA
CCO
Matt Ramsay has worked with the CCO as campus ministry staff with Shippensburg University students for nearly a decade. A former atheist, Matt works to encourage all students to ask the big questions, be intellectually honest, and engage doubts. In his free time, Matt and his wife, Kristin, founded and own Denim Coffee Company, where they roast coffee to supply homes and businesses. They are on a mission to help everyone make better coffee.

25 February

John McElwain

Coordinator of Staff Support Raising & Staff Director for Southwestern Pennsylvania
CCO
John McElwain serves the CCO as Coordinator of Staff Support Raising and Staff Director for Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has been with the CCO for twelve years. Previously, he was a pastor and supervised seven CCO staff who served university students through various partnership churches. For one year, he served as chaplain to Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines. He has also taught Old Testament, New Testament, Family Dynamics, and Leadership classes for the Geneva College Degree Completion Program and an Old Testament class for Trinity School for Ministry.

25 February

Rick Whitlock

Campus Ministry Staff, Purdue University
CCO
Rick Whitlock is CCO campus minister at Purdue University. He is on the pastoral staff at Purdue Christian Campus House, a church community on campus at Purdue that ministers to hundreds of college and graduate students each week. He is also the Director for Faith and Work and has developed and led three annual conferences on the intersection of God’s plan for work and our place in it.

24 February

Ana Wakeman

Campus Ministry Staff, Penn State University
CCO
Ana Wakeman is in her first year on staff with the CCO, working full-time in partnership with Incarnation Church at Penn State University Park. Ana studied communication and theatre at Ithaca College and has her MA in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ana loves life, finds joy in anything, and loves that she gets to share Jesus' love with college students.

25 February

Evan Kephart

Campus Ministry Staff, Penn State Altoona
CCO
Evan Kephart is, like you, a complex, complicated, fearfully and wonderfully made child of God. His work is in campus ministry, his passions are in good food and good community, and his great desire is to help people see that God cares deeply for every aspect of their lives. Evan is CCO campus ministry staff, working with students at Penn State Altoona as a part of SALT (Students About Living Truth). He is also the coordinator of the Central Jubilee Academy.

25 February

Sam Levy

Campus Ministry Staff, Slippery Rock University and Grove City College
CCO
Sam Levy serves with the CCO at Slippery Rock University and Grove City College in partnership with Gateway Church EPC. His loves include his family, baseball, cheese, and walking with college students as they pursue the God who is making all things new. At any point in the year, he can probably tell you the number of days until Jubilee and until Pitchers and Catchers Report.

25 February

Beth Walker

Staff Director for Metro Philadelphia
CCO
Beth Walker is the Metro Philadelphia Staff Director for the CCO. She has been with the CCO for 12 years, working in various roles. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Grove City College, Beth is a pastor’s kid and an only child. Beth is passionate about the conversation around anxiety and depression. A life-long perfectionist with some OCD tendencies, she has walked through multiple bouts with both, post-partum depression being the most challenging. She loves sharing God’s truth with others and equipping CCO staff with tools for ministry.

25 February

Gene Twilley

Campus Ministry Staff, Delaware County Community College
CCO
Gene Twilley is a person-in-process. He enjoys change: in scenery, in seasons, in sentiments, and in self. He works full time as a husband to one wife, a parent to three children, an owner of one dog, the Young Adult Ministry Director of Springton Lake Presbyterian Church, and the CCO campus ministry staff person at Delaware County Community College in Philadelphia's western suburbs. He is also working through the PCA’s licensure and ordination process as a candidate under care.

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Sam Van Eman

Experiential Designs Resource Specialist
CCO
Sam Van Eman is a resource specialist for the CCO’s Experiential Designs team, where he co-creates transformational experiences for college students, professionals, and organizations. He is the author of Disruptive Discipleship: The Power of Breaking Routine to Kickstart Your Faith and On Earth as It Is in Advertising? Moving from Commercial Hype to Gospel Hope. As a public speaker and facilitator, Sam has taught (and played) in barns and boardrooms, canyons, classrooms, and auditoriums. 

Eric Richey

Campus Ministry Staff, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash
CCO
Eric Richey was born and raised in America’s Finest City, San Diego, California. During his college years, he developed a deep love for theology and a strong desire to serve the Church by equipping God’s people to remain faithful to God’s mission in every sphere of life. When he discovered the CCO for the first time, he strongly resonated with the organization’s commitment to partnering with the local church to call college students to follow Jesus with their entire lives. To that end, he enjoys getting to know students and helping them discover the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Gospel as it is revealed in Scripture.

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Leah Hornfeck

Fellow, Slippery Rock University
CCO
Leah Hornfeck graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in athletic training, and she was involved in Duquesne’s CCO ministry. At Jubilee her sophomore year, Leah felt God calling her to ministry. After many conversations and much prayer and discernment, Leah decided to apply for the CCO’s Fellows Program. Leah is currently a CCO Fellow at Slippery Rock University working with their ministry, The Harbor. Her job involves discipling student leaders, planning events that grow and cultivate the community of the Harbor, engaging and getting involved with other students and groups on campus, and working with the local church that the Harbor is affiliated with.

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Keith Martel

Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program
Geneva College
During his undergraduate years, CCO staff members and the Jubilee conference were pivotal in helping Keith Martel discern his calling into the world of higher education. A few decades later, he serves as the director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education program at Geneva College. He is the co-author of Storied Leadership.

24 February

Michael Swanson

Coordinator of the Discipleship Research Project
CCO
Michael Swanson is a self-professed nerd with a taste for pour-over coffee, an eye for ice hockey strategy, and he is a sucker for a good book. Through his role as the CCO’s Coordinator of the Discipleship Research Project, he is trying to understand how to faithfully pursue Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations.” Michael has a passion for helping college students and the local church put rich theology into grounded practice, laughing every step along the way. Michael is married to his lovely wife Mikala and lives in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. You can read more of his thoughts at boywhothinks.com, or reach out on Twitter and Instagram: @IAmMikeSwanson

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Pete Ware

Campus Ministry Staff, California University of Pennsylvania
CCO
Pete Ware is in his twelfth year on staff with CCO and his ninth year as a campus minister at California University of Pennsylvania. He has a degree from West Chester University in elementary education and attended Biblical Seminary and received a leadership-focused Master of Divinity. His journey has included seasons of doubt where his faith was stretched immensely, along with times of fear as he recognized he did not know everything there is to know about life and God. These experiences have led Pete to particularly enjoy discussions with people who are exploring faith and Christianity. 

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Ben Capps

Campus Ministry Staff, Eastern University
CCO
Ben Capps serves on staff at Church of the Good Samaritan, an Episcopal Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania, where he mostly tells stories and sings songs. Ben also teaches and speaks regularly and does ministry with students from Eastern University through a partnership with the CCO. His writing has been featured on Evangelical’s for Social Action’s blog. Ben is a postulant for priesthood in the Episcopal Church and is looking forward to no longer needing to decide what to wear on a Sunday morning.

Bill & Dana Henry

Pastor & Counselor
Bill Henry is the Senior Associate Pastor at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice at Hope Christian Counseling in Sewickley. Bill and Dana love to help unmarried people see the beauty of marriage and married people live into the full beauty of their marriages through pre-marriage and marriage counseling and marriage retreats. Bill and Dana have three children—Wilson (25 years old, married to Dimple), Annie (a junior at the University of Pittsburgh), and Charlie (a junior at Quaker Valley High School).

Phil Van Sickel

CGI
Senior Agile Transformation Consultant
Phil Van Sickel is senior agile transformation consultant with CGI, the fifth largest global IT services company in the world. Nearly 40 years in the IT industry, Phil brings a wealth of understanding about leading knowledge workers to achieve tremendous results. His experience spans from the days of 80-character card decks through y2k and the .COM revolution to today with the era of the Cloud, AI, Big Data and the Internet of Things. Today he teaches lean and agile to hundreds of engineers and managers every year. “I teach managers how to be servants and engineers how to work like artists. What I teach is completely consistent with my faith. What could be better than that?”

Jill Sullivan

Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator
Prison Fellowship
Jill Sullivan joined Prison Fellowship in January 2016. As advocacy volunteer coordinator, Sullivan works with a network of high impact volunteers to pursue restorative justice values in our law and culture. She coordinates and equips these volunteers to raise awareness about people impacted by crime and incarceration in their churches and communities and to engage in the legislative process.

24 February

Stephanie Summers

CEO
Center for Public Justice
Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, an independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, DC. CPJ works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy through a variety of initiatives including its publications Public Justice Review and Shared Justice. She is a co-author with Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice.

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24 February

Katie Thompson

Program Director and Editor of Shared Justice
Center for Public Justice
Katie Thompson is the Program Director and Editor of Shared Justice, the Center for Public Justice's initiative for twenty- and thirty-somethings who are passionate about exploring the intersection of faith, justice, and politics. In 2015, she co-authored Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice with Michael Gerson and Stephanie Summers. She also serves on behalf of CPJ as a steering committee member of Faith for Just Lending, a coalition dedicated to ending predatory payday lending.

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CCO

Senior Sponsor
The CCO is a campus ministry that puts on the Jubilee Conference.  The CCO partners with churches, colleges and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. In addition to partnering with local institutions and placing our staff in strategic positions of influence on campus. We are also distinct in that our ministry is transformational. We challenge the students we serve to submit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ. We also do contextual ministry, meaning that our staff people adjust to the needs of the particular campus at which they serve.

Compassion

Senior Sponsor
Compassion exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Hope Through Healing Hands

Senior Sponsor
Hope Through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 humanitarian organization whose mission is to promote improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Through the prism of health diplomacy, we envision a world where all individuals and families can obtain access to health care information, services, and support for the opportunity at a fuller life. This includes efforts to promote awareness and advocacy for maternal, newborn & child health; healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies; nutrition; clean water; extreme poverty; emergency relief; and global disease such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Memphis Teacher Residency

Senior Sponsor
Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 2008 to recruit, train, and support effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR accomplishes this goal through two programs: a teacher residency training program and a summer academic enrichment camp.

Asbury Theological Seminary

Senior Sponsor
Asbury Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father. We have over 20 degree programs and locations in Wilmore, KY, Orlando, FL, Memphis, TN and also have an extensive online program.

Creation Festival

Junior Sponsor
The nation’s largest Christian music festival presented twice a summer in Pennsylvania and Washington state.

World Vision

Junior Sponsor
World Vision is the leading non-governmental provider of sustainable clean water in the world, providing a new person with clean water every 10 seconds. Our sustainable water programs are part of a bigger, integrated plan that gives local people ownership of solutions and addresses every piece in the complex puzzle of poverty. World Vision’s Global 6K for Water is a collection of people all around the world, walking and running 6K on the same day for the same cause – clean water. Through their registration fee, every 6K walker/runner equals one person in the developing world who will receive lasting clean water. Every step you take is one they don’t have to.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Freshman Sponsor
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. We celebrate the scriptures, traditions and experiences of Christian faith to prepare for both ministry and service, both in the classroom and through our on-campus, 10-acre USDA-certified organic Seminary Hill Farm.

Sojourners

Freshman Sponsor
The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship.

Trinity School for Ministry

Freshman Sponsor
Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. In this fractured world, we desire to be a global center for Christian formation, producing outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. To this end, we are forming Christian leaders for mission.

The Baton Exchange

Exhibitor
Graduating Soon? The Baton Exchange Leader Incubator is accepting applications for Leader Trainee positions. A faith-infused one-year career and leadership prep experience for recent graduates that includes • professional placements at companies or nonprofits • faith-work integration discipleship and mentoring by working professionals • leadership, character and professional skills development • excursions & retreats • Columbus, Ohio Early Decision online application deadline: March 16, 2017

Bruderhof

Exhibitor
We are an intentional Christian community of more than 2,700 people living in twenty-three settlements on four continents. We are a fellowship of families and singles, practicing radical discipleship in the spirit of the first church in Jerusalem. We gladly renounce private property and share everything in common. Our vocation is a life of service to God, each other, and you.

Cairn University

Exhibitor
Cairn is a Christian university offering diverse academic programs and a dynamic college life experience intentionally centered on Christ and His Word.

Camp Judson

Exhibitor
Located on shores of Lake Erie in North Springfield, Pennsylvania, Camp Judson provides a place for kids and teens to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life and the pressures and influences of the world. Here campers have an opportunity to grow in relationship to God and others through overnight and day camp programs surrounded by the wonder of God’s creation while having lots of fun! 

Camp of the Woods

Exhibitor
CAMP-of-the-WOODS is a Christian Family Resort located in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. We hire over 300 Christian, college-age students for over 20 different departments. Our departments range from professional job experiences/internships (HR Office Assistant, Christian Education Teacher, Marketing Assistant, etc.) to typical summer camp jobs (Youth Ministry and Recreation Staff).

Campus Target

Exhibitor
Campus Target believes in the world-changing potential of young adults. We want to see this generation bring the life-transforming message of the Gospel to university students in a key Asian country.

Causegear

Exhibitor
Designed in Chicago and handcrafted in India, CAUSEGEAR’s mission is to transform the lives of one million people trapped in unfathomable poverty & injustice to become self-sustaining. Every purchase helps provide life’s essentials through a 5X JOB. Every item is meticulously handcrafted, with the FACETAG of one of the crafters who made your gear. CAUSEGEAR is an L3C social enterprise with 90% of profits benefiting crafters. MAKE THE SHIFT AT CAUSEGEAR.COM

Center for Public Justice

Exhibitor
The Center for Public Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, we seek to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God’s call to do justice. Our mission is to equip citizens, develop leaders, and shape policy in pursuit of our purpose to serve God, advance justice, and transform public life.

Christar

Exhibitor
Christar -Creatively reaching Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim communities where Christ isn’t known or worshiped, yet.

CCO XD

Exhibitor
CCO Experiential Designs (XD) invests in students’ lives by suspending the normal rhythms of campus life through adventure and other experiential activities. Whether in a city, on a mountaintop, or across the world, XD provides Creative Opportunities for Transformation and the shaping of lives for leadership and service. Choose your classroom.

Columbia International University

Exhibitor
CIU is a regionally-accredited Bible college, graduate, and seminary school. We offer a variety of program and teach them all through a Biblical worldview. Check out our online-only programs!

Crestfield Camp and Conference Center

Exhibitor
Crestfield is a year-round Christian camp and conference center. Crestfield is called to be a place of encounter with Jesus Christ, a sacred space for transformation and renewal in his name. Through summer camp and retreats, disciples are invited to experience wonder and worship, connection and community.

Crossworld

Exhibitor
Disciple-makers from all professions bringing God’s love to life in the world’s least-reached marketplaces. 

Duke Divinity School

Exhibitor
As the spiritual center of a great research university, Duke Divinity School attracts students from across the nation and around the world. With many diverse theological perspectives represented here, students find common ground through immersion in Scripture and the church’s tradition for addressing the challenges of faith in contemporary contexts.

Eastern University

Exhibitor
Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason and justice for its 3,500 students. Located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the university offers nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate programs. Through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and societal involvement, students are prepared for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service.

ELIC

Exhibitor
ELIC sends passionate people to work in remarkable places. In 1982, ELIC sent its first team of six Christian teachers to China. Since then, more than 13,000 teachers have been sent and have impacted more than 1.5 million lives in places like China, Mongolia, North Korea, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. ELIC is known for its excellence in the classroom as well as the life-changing work of building relationships with students and colleagues outside the classroom. 

Family Guidance Inc.

Exhibitor
Family Guidance’s Promise Camp is a ministry of hope and faith for vulnerable youth to come to know Jesus while attending a week-long camp experience on 112 acres of God’s beautiful country in Clinton, PA adjacent to Racoon Creek State Park located 26 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

Fuller Theological Seminary

Exhibitor
Fuller is the largest multi-denominational seminary in North America with over 4,000 students in our distinguished schools in Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology. Fuller is incredibly diverse, with approximately 70 nations and over 110 denominations represented in our student body.

Geneva College

Exhibitor
The mission of Geneva College’s Master of Arts in Higher Education program is to cultivate a vision for higher education that is rooted in a Christian view of life, characterized by a consideration of foundational issues, and committed to the preparation of perceptive and principled leaders for colleges and universities. 

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Exhibitor
The world needs the Church. The Church needs leaders who are prepared to engage with a Biblical foundation, a theological framework and a global mindset. Gordon-Conwell trains those leaders to serve both inside and outside the four walls of the church. Whether in pastoral ministry, parachurch, education, counseling or in the marketplace, Gordon-Conwell alums are making a difference for Christ in every sphere of life. 

Inca Link

Exhibitor
Inca Link is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on reaching the 300 million youth in Latin America with Christ’s love.

Interserve USA

Exhibitor
We are a community of ordinary people following Jesus Christ into the Asian and Arab worlds. Motivated by Christ’s compassion and justice we use our skills to change tomorrow by what we do today….

International Justice Mission

Exhibitor
Our mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

Kaleo Missions

Exhibitor
Kaleo Missions is a Gospel-centered missions organization that seeks to care for the poor and the marginalized people of the urban United States through intentional short-term missions experiences, education, and leadership development. Serve as a summer intern for college credit, or bring a team to serve and learn with us in the city.

Ligonier Camp & Conference Center

Exhibitor
Ligonier Camp & Conference Center provides experiences for campers in our four core areas: Christ, Community, Challenge and Creation. Join us for an unforgettable summer serving alongside other college students who want to see God’s Kingdom grow through adventure education, silly songs, goofy games and s’mores!

Messiah College

Exhibitor
Advancing the mission of Messiah College, the School of Graduate Studies educates students for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, ethical leadership and exceptional professional practice within a complex world. 

Mukti Mission

Exhibitor
The Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission in India serves over 4,000 women and children every day bringing hope, healing, and life, restoring lives from hopelessness to empowered living!

North Park Theological Seminary

Exhibitor
North Park Theological Seminary has been preparing men and women for ministerial service for over 100 years. Located in Chicago in one of the most international zip codes, we are an institution where students from a variety of denominational backgrounds, pursuing various ministry careers are welcome to participate in academic and community life. 

Piedmont Fellows

Exhibitor
This is a 9 month program for recent college graduates in the beautiful and thriving Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. Our Fellows work professional jobs, sit under a leadership and professional development curriculum taught by CEO advisors, and serve alongside one another in the community. Join us and invest in your career by laying the foundations for an integrated life! 

Pine Cove

Exhibitor
Christ-Centered.  Others-Focused.  Seriously Fun.  Pine Cove is more than just a Summer Camp. Join our family of more than 1,800 college staff serving at our properties in Texas and South Carolina every summer as they pour out their lives for the Gospel. Through Youth Camps, Family Camps and Urban Day Camps, come see how God is using Pine Cove God to transform the lives of His people for His glory.  

Pittsburgh Fellows

Exhibitor
Pittsburgh Fellows is an exciting post-undergraduate leadership development program that trains highly qualified college graduates to be values-driven, ethical business leaders in the Pittsburgh region. Our goal is to help these young men and women join an already impressive group of business leaders who are positively impacting our city.

The Pittsburgh Project

Exhibitor
The Pittsburgh Project is a Christian non-profit community development organization with a 32 year track record of developing servant leaders and serving the city’s most vulnerable residents. Our year-round staff, along with our summer staff, operates a progressive series of after school and summer programs for more than 250 urban young people, deploys over 1,500 people annually to perform free home repairs for about 100 of Pittsburgh’s elderly homeowners annually. 

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Exhibitor
Founded in 1794, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), offering master’s and doctor of ministry degrees as well as certificate programs. 

Prison Fellowship

Exhibitor
Prison Fellowship® trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places; we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system; and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities. 

Reformed Episcopal Seminary

Exhibitor
Reformed Episcopal Seminary is a traditional Anglican seminary which trains and equips men and women from diverse denominational backgrounds for service to Jesus Christ and the Church. Students are immersed in Scripture, the historical and ancient traditions of the Church, worship, and doctrine. Emphasis is placed on faith lived out in the world through worship, evangelism, and discipleship.

Reformed Theological Seminary

Exhibitor
The mission of Reformed Theological Seminary is to serve the Church by preparing its leaders, through a program of graduate theological education, based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, and committed to the Reformed Faith. 

Rise Against Hunger

Exhibitor
Rise Against Hunger is on a mission to eradicate world hunger by 2030. 795 million people face acute malnutrition daily, though none have to; our earth produces more than enough food daily to sustain all life. We are committed to ending this tragedy through education, advocacy, and creating the will to use our existing resources to end the world’s most persistent and fundamental injustice, once and for all. We can end hunger simply by working together, with what we already have. 

The Seattle School

Exhibitor
The Seattle School is a graduate school committed to training artists, pastors, therapists, counselors, and change-makers to join God — Father, Son, and Spirit — in the restoration of their communities through degrees in counseling psychology, divinity, and theology & culture. The Allender Centerat The Seattle School exists to create a community of people who go into places of despair and trauma, bringing the light of God’s presence to even the darkest places through contexts of healing, restoration, and training.

SEND North America

Exhibitor
Our mission is to equip and prepare you to live out God’s purpose for your life, wherever He sends you. SEND North America combines biblical training and hands-on mission experiences to take you to the next level in your faith; we are dedicated to helping you discover God’s plan for your life, deepen your relationship with Him, and make a difference in the world.

Urban Impact Foundation

Exhibitor
Urban Impact Foundation is a faith-based, non-profit organization in Pittsburgh. The organization was created to foster Christian community development in the North Side neighborhood by changing lives one person, one family, one block at a time. Urban Impact focuses on helping at-risk kids, youth, and families in a holistic manner – academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. This is done by building relationships within programs of Athletics, Education, and Performing Arts.

Urban Promise

Exhibitor
The mission of UrbanPromise has been to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. We strive to fulfill this mission through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential. 

YouthWorks

Exhibitor
YouthWorks is a multi-denominational, nonprofit organization that exists to connect teenagers to God, each other and communities through life-changing, Christ-centered service mission trips. As 25,000 people take part in service this summer at over 60 communities, we need over 300 college and post-college-age staff. We lead around 65 students and adult leaders each week, our staff teams are paid while they cultivate relationships, develop their leadership skills and deepen their faith.

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Gathering

Gathering A | Creation

07:30 PM 09:30 PM The Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created light, day, night, sky, land, and sea. He created plants and trees, the sun, moon, and stars. Fish. Birds. Animals. And finally, human beings.

Genesis 1 informs us that God looked at each installment in his created world and "saw that it was good."

And it was good. It was good. It was good. It was...yada yada yada...good. We get it.

Then after creating humanity, God looked at all he had made and concluded that it was very...wait for it... Yep, you guessed it. Good.

“Good” is such a ho-hum word in today's lexicon. Our culture is prone to inventing fresh new words to express even greater levels of awesomeness. “Amazeballs,” to give just one example, officially entered the Oxford dictionary in 2014. The definition? “Extremely good or impressive; amazing.”

For us, the word “good” falls somewhere in the boring middle of an evaluative spectrum—ranking right alongside “okay” and “fine,” but a mere half-step away from “bad.”

“How was dinner?”
“Good.”
“Really?”
“Yeah, it was fine. You know, it wasn't amazeballs, but it wasn't bad.”

I imagine God's initial response to his creation being slightly more significant than that.

I don't think God looked at the radiant hues of blues and greens on his newly-fashioned earth and observed the movements of the squirrels and cheetahs and sloths as they scurried and climbed over verdant foliage and freshly packed sediment underneath the whispery clouds in the expansive sky only to shrug and say, “Eh, it's pretty good. Not great. But you know, it's okay.”

God's assessment of creation is not the same as our critique of the newest season of our favorite TV show, or the new Star Wars movie everyone was so eager to see a couple months ago. God's appraisal is not subjective like ours. While we try to compare dinner, movies, Adele's newest album, and whatever else to...something, God has the ability to assess and announce simply, “It is good.”

God's declaration in the beginning of Genesis is not arbitrary. It's not subjective. It's true. God saw that it was good.

And that has implications for each one of us today.

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In the words of Madeleine L'Engle, “Story makes us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

It's crucial that we understand the goodness of God's creation, because it's the beginning of the story of our world. And it's the beginning of our story. If we don't understand the absolute and objective goodness in the beginning, then the scope and the significance of the story loses something.

Jesus didn't come to redeem an evil world. He came to redeem and reclaim a world that was created good.

Understanding the goodness of the beginning of our story helps us understand the tragedy of the following chapter, the glory of the next, and God's ultimate plans for the future of this world—including his plans for each one of us.

This means that the things we are passionate about, the careers we want to pursue, the hobbies that give us life and energy and joy—all of it stems from the created order of a world that was good.

In Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller writes, “All work has dignity because it reflects God's image in us, and also because the material creation we are called to care for is good.”
The injustices we want to address, the evils that we seek to confront locally and globally, the sins that we struggle with and often want to conceal—all of this, though evidence of the fallen nature of God's creation, should also point us back to the goodness in the beginning. Because we know that this is not God's original design for his world.
In other words, things weren't always this way.

But here's the good news: God doesn't intend for things to remain this way forever.

So understanding the goodness of the beginning should give us hope. If God created a world that was pure, and if God plans to redeem and restore his creation, then we can genuinely long for restoration with an understanding that it's coming.

It's coming.

Yes, there is work to be done. Yes, we have a part to play in it. Our responsibility is to remember the goodness of God's creation, to remind ourselves that God created a world that was good, God cares about all of it, and he has a plan to restore it.

That restoration is coming. And just like our story's beginning, it's going to be good.

Very good.

Who knows, maybe even amazeballs.

—Tyler Charles is Staff Director for Ohio, supervising CCO campus staff. He first joined CCO staff to minister to college students at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Late Night Options

Late Night Options

10:00 PM 11:59 PM Convention Center/Westin

Not ready to end the day? Grab your friends and check out these optional activities!
Workshop

Workshop 1

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Convention Center/Westin

Proximate Leadership: Communal Leadership in the Already But Not Yet - Brian Jensen & Keith Martel

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Do you ever feel like your efforts to create positive changes continue to miss the mark? That your influence isn’t lived out in the ways that you dream of? We know what that feels like. Practicing leadership in a broken world is hard and often doesn’t work the way we hope. Join us as we discuss what proximate leadership looks like—using our imperfect gifts to live and lead in an imperfect world as we strive toward the perfect coming Kingdom. Be ready to discuss what this might look like on your own campus.

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Learning for the Love of God - Derek Melleby

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

What does it look like to follow Jesus into the classroom? How do we love God with all of our minds? Does the Gospel make any difference in the way we approach our college years, particularly as it relates to our academic pursuits? Join us for a time of reflection and discussion as we explore these questions and think through practical ways to be faithful to our calling as students.

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Life After College: How to Prepare for What Comes Next - Erica Young Reitz

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Right after college, you may find yourself wondering, What’s happening?! Where are all my friends?! When will I find a job?! The transition from college to the next phase is arguably one of the most difficult changes you’ll make up to this point in your life. Find out some of the top issues post-graduates face, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what you can do now to best prepare for what comes next. Learn how to leverage your college years so you’re better equipped to live as a faithful Christ-follower in the “real world.”

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My Career Counts: How Will My Work Make a Difference in the Lives of Others? - Bob Robinson & Sam Van Eman

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to explain how to love our neighbor. Yes, we should look for opportunities to serve those in need, like when a co-worker is hurting from a traumatic event.

But how does this parable apply our actual day-to-day work? Unless we become paramedics or philanthropists, few of us will ever lift someone from a ditch and pay for their medical expenses. We are called to various careers — how do those careers count to make a difference in the lives of others?

This interactive session (there may be Crayons involved!) will explore the neighborly aspect of work. Most importantly, we’ll consider how Jesus might retell his famous parable with you—in your work—as the Good Samaritan.
Gathering

Gathering B | Fall

10:15 AM 12:00 PM The Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

When a Dim Light Flickers: The Fall

When everything hurts and everyone’s broken and the darkness is closing in—tell me, what is “this little light of mine” going to do in a sea of black?

The other day, I’m sitting in this tiny Vietnamese restaurant watching a little boy steal all of the lollipops out of their little fish bowl. He popped one into his mouth and started watching the TV. It was some sort of news special on Syrian refugees. A little girl was talking about what toys she missed from home. She started to cry, and after about 30 seconds, the little boy took the lollipop out of his mouth and set it on the table.

His mom looked up from her soup and said, “Eat your candy, Nev.” But he kept his eyes on the screen and said, “Why can’t they have it?” His mom ignored him and went on reading, but I knew he was talking about the girl on the TV.

“Why can’t she have it?”

There was beauty in that moment, but as I thought about it longer, the faint echo of a lie emerged as well.

Something in him, some grieving part of soul hidden even from himself, no longer wished to participate in the joy of creation, because of one startling glimpse at the despair of the Fall.

What do we do when the reality of the Fall has entwined itself so mercilessly around our view of future, that work—reconciling, light-shining, day-in-day-out work—feels more like a naïve children’s song than any kind of true kingdom cultivation?

Step 1: REMEMBER
If a theme emerges in God's response to the Israelites’ cry of anguish and disappointment, it is one of remembrance. When the questions begin to stir—Why are we here? What is the point? Will it ever get better?—God offers one ringing reply.

Remember.

God calls His people to remember where they came from, to remember what he has already done, and to remember what He has promised He will do.

We serve a God who has already done great things. He has rescued nations, ended wars, and purchased us out of darkness so we can stand with Him in the light. So when everything around us begs the question “Is anything really getting better?” we can look back on all that He has done and all He has promised to do, and we gain perspective.

For ask now of the days that are past, long before your time, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of fire, as you have heard, and still live? Or has any god ever attempted to go and free another nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and by great deeds of terror, all of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?” —Deuteronomy 4:32-34

Step 2: IMAGINE
The biggest gift in a world where everything seems to be broken is being given a wrench. God has not left us powerless, but desires and commands for us ourselves to be agents of healing. He calls us to not only grieve over what is, but to dream up what could be.

Throughout scripture, before rushing in to rescue, God consistently asks people what they want. What do you wish for me to do? Some dream of being healed, Elisha of a double portion of God’s spirit, others of an end to famine and war. A ripple of grace is that God is not just fixing what’s broken. He is creating a space for us to imagine what could be and then hears our cries.

God so profoundly loves the world He has created that His path to redeeming it teaches us to love it with Him. Love it enough to dream for it. So when everything around us begs the question “Is it even worth it?” we ask God to revive our imaginations, because God only creates things worth saving.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” —Psalm 126:1-2

Hope is a thing for a reason. Better is possible and God has promised it. When we understand that much, then— and only then— will our outlooks on life, love, and work no longer be dictated by the brokenness of the world, but by the abounding grace of God—a hope rooted in one simple promise, sometimes a whisper, sometimes a shout, but always from a throne: “See here, I am making all things new.”

—Nicole Arthur ministers to college students at Cornell University in partnership between the CCO and The Chesterton House.

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12:00 PM 01:30 PM

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Workshop 2

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Convention Center/Westin

Abuse, Trauma, and the Gospel - Dan Allender

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

It is rare for the trauma of sexual abuse to be addressed by people of faith. We are often told to forget the past. Forgive and forget. Get on with living well and let the past fade as your hope for eternity increases. The fact is, trauma remains in the body and influences every portion of our lives, including our ability to interpret the past, present, and future. Just as the ‘Me Too” movement has addressed the ubiquity of sexual harm, believers must offer more than a context for honesty and disclosure, but never less. This workshop will help you address the harm of abuse and how the Gospel opens the heart for healing.

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How Faith Impacts the Vocation of Teaching - Maya Alston & Floresha Smith

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

We believe that we work for God, as well as for schools and students. As a result, we are motivated to teach with excellence and display the highest degree of character and professionalism. We are to be servants of our schools, administrators, students, and families, willingly moving into places of need in ways that display the grace and goodness of our God.

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Death to Christian Art - Scott Erickson

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Is there such a thing as “Christian art”? And if so, do we even need it? How does your faith affect the creative work you do in the world? We will discuss all things creative and faith and find some solidarity over weep-fully true shared stories.

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Christians & Military Service - Porter Harlow

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

What does the Bible say about Christians and military service? Quite a bit. This session will look at why Christians might feel called to military service, using Scripture and the just war tradition as a guide. Porter Harlow is a recently retired Marine Officer who can answer questions about the opportunities and challenges faced by Christians serving today in the U.S. military.

Campus Ministry: An Inside Perspective - Leah Hornfeck, Eric Richey, Cole Riley, Isaac Vineyard

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Join a panel of CCO staff members to ask your questions about campus ministry. Coming from diverse academic disciplines, these staff members serve in a variety of contexts—from small private colleges to large state universities, from church partnerships to fellowships to area leadership positions. Glean from their experiences as you discern God’s call on your life.

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Making Music to the Glory of God- Joy Ike

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

What does it look like to make music to the glory of God in a culture of three-minute and 30-second radio-friendly pop songs? In a Kiss-FM world, new songs rise to instant popularity overnight and disappear just as quickly. In a K-LOVE world, songs often stay vague, shallow, and devoid of true authenticity. In this workshop, Joy will share a bit of her journey in music-making as a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, a publicist, an untrained musician, and as someone who wrestles to find connections between the sacred and secular while navigating the art world through a Christian worldview. Joy will also discuss the Christian's obligation to excellence in art for the glory of God and for the souls of man.

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Your Creative Process - Justin McRoberts

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Borrowing on almost 20 years as a professional creative, Justin McRoberts provides insights and stories to help you not only dig into how good work gets made, but also why it’s important that you make it.

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The Trouble with Truth - Theresa Miller

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

News outlets seem determined to douse rumors of fake news by declaring their commitment to truth and justice. In 2017, The Washington Post added, “Democracy Dies in Darkness” to its masthead. And The New York Times famously launched its “Truth is Hard” campaign, proclaiming, “The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important now than ever.”

But what is truth? And will anyone do the work to figure it out, when 60% of those under 18 say they are overwhelmed by information, while 75% of millennials say they tune out the news? We’ll talk about how Christian journalists and communicators are called to serve as gatekeepers of truth, and we will consider how to meaningfully share that truth in an increasingly noisy world.

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Honoring God in Government: Promoting Justice in Public Service - CPJ Panel

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

It is possible to honor God as a government official? Can you promote justice as a public servant? Come hear from local level government officials about why the answer to both these questions is a resounding YES! Bring your own questions for a time of discussion.

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Exploring Vocational Ministry - David Strunk

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

How do you know if you are called to ministry? What does vocational ministry look like inside the church and outside it? What are the benefits and drawbacks to vocational ministry? This workshop will help students explore these questions and more during our time together. While God desires His sovereign care of the world to come through all manner of professions, this workshop will look at the joys, privileges, and duties of vocational ministry.

Naming the World: The vocation of words and writing - Tish Harrison Warren

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

With social media, texting, the internet, and mass communication, words are everywhere. But their very ubiquity can coax us into forgetting their immense power. John Berger wrote, “For us to live and die properly, things have to be named properly. Let us reclaim our words.” As Christians, we are people who honor words as gifts from The Word made flesh. How can the vocation of the writer be a reclamation project? How can writers learn the craft of naming things properly and steward the power of words, argument, meaning, and beauty? How do the words and language of our faith inform our use of the written word? Join us as we talk about the vocation of writing, naming, and word-wrangling.

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Honoring God in Business

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Honoring God in Engineering

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Honoring God in Law

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Honoring God in Nursing

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Honoring God in Science

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Honoring God in the Social Sciences

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Honoring God in the Trades

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

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Exhibitor Contest

03:30 PM 04:00 PM Exhibit Hall

Come to the Exhibit Hall with your Exhibitor Contest card--check out over 70 exhibiting organizations (many are hiring!), and turn in your card to Jubilee Headquarters. We'll be giving away over 100 prizes, including an Apple Watch--don't miss out!
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Workshop 3

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Convention Center/Westin

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Memphis Teacher Residency - Maya Alston & Floresha Smith

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to recruit, train, and support effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR accomplishes this goal through two programs: a teacher residency training program and a summer academic enrichment camp. Residents are college graduates invited to train with a mentor, receive coaching, and participate in Master of Urban Education coursework through Union University. In addition, residents receive housing and a living stipend. During the residency year, participants earn their master’s degree and teach for a full academic year in a mentor’s classroom. While some residents do have undergraduate teacher training prior to the residency, others do not and become a certified teacher at the end of the residency year. Graduating the program, residents agree to teach in Memphis high-needs schools for three additional years.

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What does it mean to be white? Examining the role of cultural identity in the work of racial reconciliation - Michael Chen, Rachael Clinton, & Billy Riley

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

In the broader conversation of race issues, little space has been created for white students to explore how their own race factors into the role they play in racial reconciliation. This workshop will explore the question of white racial identity in America and how Christians understand that aspect of identity in light of the Gospel. By examining Scripture, the history of race relations in America, and other stories, we will seek to understand the role of white Americans in the process of racial reconciliation today. We will explore frameworks for entering into, with humility, the often polarizing conversations that remain entrenched in defensiveness, detachment, complacency, or even victimhood.

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Global Health Advocacy: Protecting 1% of the US Budget - Jenny Eaton Dyer

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

In this workshop, we will explore strong methods of bipartisan advocacy to protect or increase global health and development funding during a presidential administration which seems not to support foreign assistance. We will discuss the critical importance of maternal and child health as one key issue, and we will explore ways grasstops and grassroots can lend their voices. Finally, we will review why advocacy is so important from the faith community to save the lives of vulnerable populations worldwide.

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WE ARE NOT TROUBLED GUESTS: The Gift of Your Existential Crisis - Scott Erickson

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Through spoken narrative, live painting, and curated video, Scott shares his most personal experience with faith, doubt, depression, and the solidarity of karaoke. Often funny, with moments of brutal honesty, we begin to see our own journey through Scott’s vulnerability and are given the gift of seeing how we really belong in the world.

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Pursuing the Redemptive Edge: How the Gospel Fuels Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Jon Hart

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Could the worst cultural moments — like the one we occupy now — become the birthplace of the best redemptive work? We believe the answer is yes, and we'll explore how the Gospel provides a lens through which we can creatively respond to some of the biggest issues facing our world. Workshop presenter Jon Hart is a Partner at Praxis, a venture group that has worked with over 150 entrepreneurs and innovators in 40+ countries to winsomely demonstrate their faith through creating new businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises.

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God, Sex, and Redemption - Dana & Billl Henry

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

How should Christians view sex in the year 2018? Our human sexuality is one of the greatest gifts God has given to us. But the Fall and the reality of sin has tarnished God’s gift of human sexuality, and the modern culture is a challenging place to live for anyone hoping to be a faithful Christian. Many of us are sexually broken. By sharing a biblical foundation and a personal testimony of redemption, Bill and Dana Henry will consider a biblical, Christian view of sex in light of temptation, sin, and the culture in which we all live.

Muslim Immigration and Christian Politics - Matthew Kaemingk

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Millions of Muslims have migrated into the West over the past 50 years. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates about headscarves and airports, religious freedom and tolerance, gender and race, and so much more. How should Christians respond to all of this? Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is the author of Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. In this session, Dr. Kaemingk will chart a biblical way beyond the loud secular voices of right-wing nationalism and left-wing multiculturalism.

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Redeeming Power – How Justice is Woven into the Gospel - Dan Mackett

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Power is a sensitive issue that most of us don’t like having conversations about. But since power is a God-granted gift to His image bearers, it’s important for us to think about the Gospel’s implications on how it is used. Ever since the Fall, we have corrupted the way we use power. This corruption has severe consequences on Gods’ original plan—slavery being one of the worst byproducts. Slavery is the exploitation of one image-bearer for another's own selfish gain. As we look to Christ on the cross, He teaches His followers how power can be redeemed and used to bring flourishing once again through the abolition of slavery—flourishing that will show the world there is a God who rescues, restores, and is perfectly just.

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Toward a New Testament Theology of Policing - Esau McCaulley

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

One of the more pressing questions for the Black Christian today is the relationship between us and those entrusted with the task of serving and protecting our communities. This talk will show that the New Testament speaks to how the state should treat its people. First, we will look at the much-maligned Romans 13:1–7 passage, where Paul contends that the government should not be a source of fear to the innocent and should only punish the guilty. Therefore, Black Christians are on firm biblical ground when we long to lives free of fear. We’ll also turn to John the Baptist’s words to the soldiers in Luke 3:14. Given the overlap between policing and soldering in his day, his protest against corruption stands as an important testimony.

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Sabbath Keeping - Justin McRoberts

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

If you want to make a lasting impact on your world and do what you love doing, you'll have to learn to stop working. It’s a commandment. And as a commandment, it is a gift we must learn to receive and practice.

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Sexuality and the Gospel - Jackie Hill-Perry

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Did God create sexuality for us to use it for own discretion or is there a better and more glorious purpose for it? When it comes to sexuality, God has a lot to say about how it should and should not be explored. Ultimately, all that He has to say has something to do with all that He is. This session will take us through God's Word so that we will understand who and why He has so much to say about sexuality.

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Justice That Restores: Christians and Criminal Justice Reform - CPJ Panel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

The United States incarcerates more men and women each year than any other country on Earth. The criminal justice system is often described as broken and is plagued by vast racial disparities and other systemic injustices. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that reform is needed. In this workshop, an expert panel will discuss the factors that have contributed to the current state of the criminal justice system and will explore the role of the government, the Church, and other civil society organizations in seeking innovative reforms that lead to restoration and flourishing.

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Infinitum—a way of life - Danielle Strickland

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Infinitum is a practice for those who follow Jesus and choose to live lives of love. It’s not about joining something, it’s about having tools and rhythms to live this out in your context and your community. This session will be about Danielle’s own personal journey of boundless salvation as she has made surrender, generosity, and mission the foundations of her discipleship and the difference it's made in her relationship with Jesus. This session is about ways in which infinitum as a practice might re-invigorate your faith.

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Can We Love Our Neighbors Through Politics? - CPJ Panel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Wish everything related to politics would disappear? Or are you feeling guilty for having sat on the sidelines while other people made decisions you’re concerned about? Have you thought about God’s purpose for politics? In this session, Center for Public Justice CEO Stephanie Summers will discuss God’s good intent for our political communities and how you can be part of loving your neighbors through politics.

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Lean and agile, how to thrive in the new enterprise - Phil Van Sickel

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Lean has moved from the plant floor into the front office. Agile is revolutionizing how IT functions. Businesses are now finding that the underlying principles that drive lean and agile can be applied to any process and all departments. This is because it is a better way of working and accomplishing results. The breakthrough has been the understanding of the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers and the development of servant leadership as the necessary management style. In the end, it is about building highly effective teams, teams that energize their members and achieve results that could never be achieved by the sum of the individuals.
If you want to thrive in the modern workplace, come learn the fundamental principles that are driving this transformation. This is not a lecture, but a fun, interactive workshop. You will experience firsthand how these Bible-based principles are so effective at achieving amazing results. I guarantee you will be able to use what you learn, no matter your chosen career.

Exploring Your Liturgy of the Ordinary - Tish Harrison Warren

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

What does worship have to do with brushing your teeth, arguing with your roommate, or sitting in traffic? Tish Harrison Warren will discuss her book Liturgy of the Ordinary and lead us in an exploration of how the way we use our time—even small, overlooked ways—shapes us as worshippers. We will explore how habits and practices in our daily life shape us and how we might form counter-formative habits that can mold us slowly into wiser, more loving, and more faithful disciples. We will look together at how the Gospel changes everything, even an average, forgettable day—and not just any average day, but your day and your life in particular.

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Wise People with Smart Phones - Rick Whitlock

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

How are our smart phones changing us? And should we be concerned? As our technological devices are everywhere, always on, and always with us, we are starting to ask what our personal technology is doing to us and what we want to do about it. As followers of Jesus, we should care about how the use of technology effects our hearts, minds, and actions. In this workshop, we'll seek to build a theology of technology that reveals how God thinks about technology and how our use of technology is shaping us. We'll develop practical ideas to discern what action steps we can take in order to live as whole-hearted disciples of Jesus in the digital age. We'll seek to become wise people with smart phones.

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Gathering C | Redemption

07:30 PM 09:30 PM The Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

On Redemption

From the moment Adam and Eve stepped outside of God's glorious plan in the garden, God was enacting a redemptive plan for all of creation. God led Israel out of slavery and into the Promised Land and gave them a pattern for life and worship. God was redeeming His people and all the while imparting a new paradigm of work, worship, and relationship. The prophets reminded the people of Israel of God's plan, and for thousands of years, God illustrated His heart to redeem His people.

Part of the system of worship was a system by which the Israelites offered a blood sacrifice for their sins to the priests. This sacrifice was enough for a time, but they walked away from the temple courts knowing they would soon return, because of the grip of sin in the world.

This familiar system was building the crescendo for the awaited moment when Jesus would come to offer Himself as the only sufficient sacrifice. The Bible says that this former system of bulls and goats was simply a shadow of what worship would look like when a truly pure sacrifice was given.

Now our guilty hearts—full of sin, rebellion and condemnation—have been sprinkled clean by the blood of Jesus. We walk reconnected with the One who created us and His image is restored in us.

On the cross, Jesus reaped the sin that humanity sowed. He redeemed us from the wages of death that we earned through sin. The Bible says that Jesus is the one who guarantees a better promise; we now receive grace and the riches of Jesus Christ. The Message translation puts it this way:

If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God. (Hebrews 9:11-15, emphasis mine)

Jesus restores a broken relationship between us and God and He redeems the whole of the good creation. Now that we've been made clean by the blood of Jesus, we are invited to live our entire lives as a reflection of that.

The blood of Jesus “cleans up” our relationships with our roommates and family member, our least favorite classes, and the deep tragedies in the world. The blood of Jesus gives us a part to play. We live all out for God, dreaming about how our neighborhoods, careers, campuses, families, art—everything—can reveal the goodness of creation and the good God who made it. We are freed from our own efforts, and instead we partner with the One who laid down His life for the entire world.

In a declaration of how truly wonderful Jesus is, the author of Hebrews writes, “You’re God and on the throne for good; your rule makes everything right” (Hebrews 1:8, The Message).

The rule of God’s Kingdom brought about by Jesus truly transforms everything. It changes us and the world around us.

Jesus is on the throne and it makes everything right—hatred in our hearts, theater productions, macroeconomics, education systems, families, the way we see our own bodies, creation itself, relationships—all transformed in the rule and reign of God's Kingdom.

Jesus redeems us and we live all out for God, reimagining the day when He will come again to make all things new.

—Jamie Donne ministers to college students at Washington & Jefferson College in partnership between the CCO and the Washington Campus Mission Board.


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Late Night Options

10:00 PM 11:59 PM Convention Center/Westin

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Workshop 4

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Convention Center/Westin

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Things Will Never Be The Same! - Louis Arnold

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Join this workshop to hear the story of how my life was before my commitment to Jesus in comparison to my life after my conversion. Find out about the impact He has had on my life, career, family, purpose, and destiny. I will talk about being a follower of Christ as a police officer, and how God uses my faith every day, and the impact my position as the Faith Based Community Liaison Officer for the department has on the communities that I serve. The years before 2001 in Cincinnati were not good when it came to the community, the faith community, and the police. Since 2001, after civil unrest in Cincinnati, the Federal Government came to look at how we police. The report came back very negative, so we had to change, and a part of that change was to include the community in deciding on how we police. This change has made Cincinnati Police Department a much better department. We will talk about what that change looks like and the importance of having someone of faith in the department communicating with the faith community and the community at large.

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A Vine, a Rock, and a Table: Stability of Heart in a World of Change - Emily Bingham

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

They say change is the only constant in life—and college is chock full of it. Classes change, grades change, professors change, majors change, friends change, roommates change…you change. Change, for better or worse, is unavoidable. Our ever-changing lives appear in stark contrast to a God who is constant, steadfast, and reliable in every way. And perhaps they also clash with the many images we find in Scripture that teach us about the importance of stability in the Christian life. Let’s dig into some of these images together and explore how we might cultivate what some monastic communities call “stability of heart”—even in the midst of busy lives full of change.

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The Imperative of Beauty in the Age of Post-Truth - Ben Capps

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

It has been said that beauty enters our minds through the backdoor of the imagination rather than the front door of the intellect. In this session, we will explore how beauty communicates truth in a world where the word “post-truth” was named international word of the year in 2016. Using the Bible as our guide, we will dance between the beauty found in Dante, Kendrick Lamar, T.S. Eliot, Disney’s Moana, and many other sources, to discover how the Truth of the Gospel is exploding everywhere, if we have the imaginative capacity to see it.

Longing for Home - Jared Cave

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

From Creation to Restoration, God is concerned with making a home for us and making His home among us. Whether we live on the streets or in a mansion, we are all experiencing our own sense of homelessness. Together we will define what home is for us and share the ways we find ourselves homeless in this world. We will end with a discussion on how we can show the world what a true home looks like.

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Theology of Immigration: stories of nearness and distance - Michael Chen & Shayan Bhattacharyya

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Stories of immigration shape our collective conscience. When we think of immigration, we typically think about policy and “building walls.” However, the concept of immigration is far richer and more relevant to our everyday living. In this workshop, we will explore the notion that we are all immigrants. Whether it is in work or play, we are all in process of either being or receiving strangers and foreigners. In this workshop, we will present a biblical theology of immigration and identity and explore stories that reveal our need to engage the cultural differences that regularly occur in our lives. Students will gain skills and language to navigate the process of reorientation to Christ’s immigrant movement.

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From Boredom to Wonder: Journeying with the Story of God - Jamie Donne

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Maybe we wouldn’t say it out loud, but many of us have had moments thinking that the Bible is simply a boring book full of archaic stories. Perhaps you’ve experienced a powerful Bible study but didn’t know how to discover Scripture for yourself. In this session we’ll look at principles that help us stay in a position of wonder at the Living Word through the stories of patriarchs and matriarchs of our faith. Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or aren’t sure it’s worth the effort, this will be a session to see with fresh eyes and rediscover your place in God’s Story!

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The Lost Art of Wisdom: A Christian Understanding of the Good Life - Evan Kephart

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

The great philosophers of old dedicated their lives to the idea of discovering what goes into living a good life, settling on virtue as their highest goal. Much of modern culture abandoned the pursuit of virtue for pleasure, money, and fame. When that failed, activism and philanthropy have been sold as paths to rediscovering our humanity. In a world of competing narratives, what does Scripture have to say about living well in the world? Join us as we explore a Christian understanding of “The Good Life” and discover the tools given to us in Scripture for navigating everyday challenges. This session promises to be thoughtful, humorous, interactive, and challenging. Our hope is that you will walk away with a new appreciation for the Wisdom Literature. *Especially helpful for Religion and Philosophy Majors.

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Brothers, Love Your Sisters - Sam Levy & Ana Wakeman

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

God created human beings in His image, male and female. Yet throughout human history, the voice of women has been silenced and stomped out by men who ignore or diminish the image of God in women. How can Christian men be loving brothers to our sisters in Christ? How can we advocate for our sisters and use our voices to lift theirs? We will explore these questions with men who desire to see the Gospel change the way our sisters are treated in the world and in the Church, providing a theological framework and practical tools to seek Gospel-centered, Spirit-led transformation, starting with our own hearts and moving out into the world.

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Recovering Romans as a Multi-ethnic Manifesto - Esau McCaulley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

By the year 2040, America will be 51% Black, Latino, or Asian. This means that to be relevant to our culture and faithful to the Gospel, our churches and organizations will have to become increasingly multi-ethnic. Are we equipped theologically and practically for this work? In this talk, we will examine Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, which contains the tools necessary for effective multi-ethnic ministry in our day. To interpret the letter properly, we must recover Romans as a multi-ethnic manifesto. We will discuss how the theology of Romans is designed to sustain and give birth to multi-ethnic churches and how reading Romans in light of these concerns, we too can pursue this vision.

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Living with Depression and Anxiety - John McElwain & Beth Walker

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

More than 50 million links come up when “fighting depression as a Christian” is typed into Google, and more than 30 million for “signs of depression in college students.” To say that depression and anxiety are problems is an understatement. These area mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional issues that need a balanced, gracious approach. Looking at ourselves as whole people, we will share real-life stories of our own struggles and how God has worked through them, look at how Scripture encourages us to approach seasons of darkness, and talk about practical ways to live with and through depression. If we are rooted in hope in Christ, depression has the opportunity to shape us more into the image of our coming King.

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Daddy Deprivation - Antonio Morton

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Father wounds go deep, and many of us have them. In this session, we will have a safe place to talk about the wounds from our fathers. Whether your father was absent, abusive, or aloof, those wounds are deep and need to be talked about. We will also talk about the fatherhood of God and see how this attribute gives strength to the fatherless child.

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Race and Trauma (Collective Trauma) - Wendell Moss

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Trauma is often not considered when it comes to talking about the issue of race/racism. Trauma, commonly defined as a distressing and disturbing experience, invites us to consider deep-seeded effects that racism has had and no one has escaped! In this seminar, my hope is to help us understand and further explore how trauma is still present in each of us (collectively) as we try to engage the issue of race and racism. We will explore briefly how trauma shows itself in different ways. I believe growing in our understanding will affect both how we listen and engage with one another, resulting in more intentionality, compassion, and curiosity.

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Every cup an act of worship - Matthew Ramsay

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

What can a sip of coffee or a bite of chocolate tell you about an invisible God? Head roaster and founder of Denim Coffee, Matt Ramsay, will guide you through the spiritual significance of the overlooked moments. Unlock a habit of gratitude for the people we depend on for our daily bread and the One who made and sustains it all. Taste and see that the Lord is good. (No, really—we're actually tasting stuff!)

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Workshop

Prone to Wander: Reimagining Faith in Seasons of Doubt and Disillusionment - Cole Arthur Riley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Perhaps there you sit: arms folded, side-eyeing the guy next to you as he passionately pumps his arms in the air as the worship music builds. Or maybe it’s your arms in the air, peeking through lidded eyes wondering, “Is any of this real?” With a cultural moment of skepticism and distrust comes a Christian faith littered with doubt and disillusionment. In our academic contexts, we have been so formed by the need for "proof"—be it intellectual, emotional, or otherwise—that it can be difficult to embrace a faith that not only demands, but exalts mystery. This is only compounded by the political chasms cutting through the pews of our churches and an unravelling of the deep historical injustices the Church has participated in. How can I trust this God? In this workshop, we will offer a counter-intuitive response to patterns of doubt and disillusionment. Skeptics, cynics, aching wanderers, you are welcome here.

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Can my goals mean God’s glory? - Michael Swanson

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

If you're like me, then setting and striving for goals has always felt icky and self-absorbed. But what if we view setting the right goals and faithfully pursuing them as a matter of obedience to Jesus? Maybe you've been excited about starting something new and have been handcuffed and overwhelmed by where to start. Or maybe you've lost motivation mid-way through a project and eventually, your effort fizzled out. Join us for a crash course in picking the right goals and seeing them through, all for Jesus' name’s sake.

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Getting up with Jesus - Dan Terracciano

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

How do I have an effective quiet time? Is it even that important? I mean, the Bible doesn't require it! Yet, a healthy devotional life is one of the ways in which we grow to love Jesus intimately. But “doing devotions” often feels like stale religious routine and can feel empty. Not to mention the fact that it is incredibly difficult to find time for God--especially during college. In this workshop, we'll get into the Scriptures together. We'll explore the importance of a robust devotional life and we will talk about practical ways to have meaningful time with God as we actually practice together! This workshop is for the young and experienced Christian alike.

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How can God know? Meditations on Psalm 73 - Gene Twilley

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

How do we enter into life's difficult situations? What does it look like to live in a posture of faithfulness when you're frustrated with the direction God seems to be leading you, or even God himself? When I graduated college, it took me three months to find a job—at the front desk of a hotel. Within five months of graduation, my dad passed away. Within close to a year, I had an estranged relationship with my sister, one of my groomsmen was dying of lymphoma, and my wife was hospitalized with an undiagnosed sickness after we had traveled to South Korea. In the midst of pain and struggle, we might ask whether or not God knows what He's doing or if He's even there. We're in good company; one psalmist wondered the same thing. This workshop will consider what it looks like to try to persevere through difficulties while reflecting on Psalm 73 in the hope that, “Truly God is Good...”

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Is God really with me through all things? A study of the life of Joseph. - Pete Ware

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

From cockiness to loneliness, from temptation to false accusation, from a forgotten prisoner to second in command of a nation, from betrayal to forgiveness, we will walk through the life of Joseph, found in Genesis. We will examine how God was with him through it all. Learning from Joseph’s failures and successes, we will see how the truth that God is with us can empower us through the ups and downs of life.

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Gathering

Gathering D | Restoration

10:15 AM 12:00 PM The Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

Faith, Hope, and Love: Ruminations on Restoration

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.”
—Isaac Watts

Heaven is not my home. Neither is it your home. Heaven is not the final destination for Christians.

Our hope is in a God who moves toward his creation to reconcile heaven and earth. In Christ, God has inaugurated this new reality and has demonstrated that He will be faithful to complete what He has started in His Son—the firstborn of this new creation. If we are able to see this new reality breaking through in the topography of a person, perhaps we can perceive this coming Kingdom in our work, our families, and relationships as well.

I was initially shocked when I first heard that our eternal resting place would not be disembodied and spiritual, but rather physical, holistic, and complete.

As I began to understand the trajectory of the Biblical story, it made sense. In the garden, God, the creative source of everything we see, walked with His people, but yet He did not dwell with them. The movement to dwell in the tabernacle and the temple looks back to the garden, but IT also anticipates a future in which God will be present with His people in a world where terror and suffering have no place. His presence in this new reality will heal all the earthly distinctions we make that have produced bitter fruit, and we will experience the fullness of God’s glory in all of creation.

We will experience redemption as far as the curse is found—meaning that every square inch of creation is waiting to be liberated, that it may sing and testify to God’s saving work in Jesus Christ.

One person alone cannot bear the image of God in the world; it is through the visible communion of God’s people in unity and holiness that we witness to this new reality.

A few practical implications on faith, hope, love, and the kind of people we need to be in order to see the kind of world we want to live in:

1. Faith
Christ through his Resurrection is the first fruit of the new creation, and we can see the pattern of His life unfolding in every sphere of life, producing justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Because I believe in Jesus, I believe that the fullness of redemption will be a new creation—not free from scars, but more glorious because of them.

No matter how bleak the situation for urban education, politics, or health care, faith in Christ is the basis of our union with Him and grounds us in the reality of God’s righteousness and power to restore all things. He is faithful to His promises, has triumphed over death, and will bring to a glorious completion what He started in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Yet because the Kingdom is beyond our own efforts, our faith must be nourished by hope.

2. Hope
Given our world, in which violence, oppression, and suffering is so commonplace, it is easy to see how we give into despair. Where is God? And why doesn’t He seem to answer my questions? This is a great mystery to be sure. One thing I know is that, given a stressful situation, we want answers more than we want God himself.

Hope is the active cultivation of patience in light of despair. Even more, hope is not an abstract proposition, but became personal and intimate. The resurrection of Jesus shows us that our ultimate hope is a person. Hope walked among us and now calls us to be a hopeful presence for one another, patient and expectant for what the Spirit is birthing, practicing a broken-hearted listening as the foundation for social action. The tallest trees in the world anchor themselves by joining their roots with neighboring trees. We must be that connected to sustain our hope in God’s future.

3. Love
Jesus said that the world will know his disciples by their love. Yet we want to be known for so many different things. One pastor said that our lives are “sermons in shoes.” We demonstrate our understanding of the Kingdom and the end to which we were created by our persistent pursuit of justice in the world, because justice is love made visible. Whether it is racial justice, economic justice, or various forms of social justice, do we live with renewed hearts and imaginations, pursuing resurrected relationships in every area of our existence?

Feeling overwhelmed? Start with what God has entrusted to you. Love deeply and from the heart. Speak up for those who have no voice. Affirm the goodness you see in others everyday, even if you get nothing in return. Paul in Galatians says that what matters most is faith expressing itself in love. If we are not expressing faith through love, we are expressing something else; most likely our preferences or priorities.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures until He comes to redeem all things.

—Michael Chen serves the CCO as Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry. He first joined CCO staff to reach out to students at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in partnership with City Church, and he still interacts with students from both campuses.

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